On Fri, 5 Aug 2005, Berger, Daniel wrote:

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Ara.T.Howard [mailto:Ara.T.Howard / noaa.gov]
>> Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2005 12:07 PM
>> To: ruby-talk ML; shanko_date / yahoo.com
>> Cc: ruby-talk / ruby-lang.org
>> Subject: Re: libole2 and ruby
>>
>>
>> On Thu, 4 Aug 2005, Shashank Date wrote:
>>
>>> Hi Ara,
>>>
>>> --- "Ara.T.Howard" <Ara.T.Howard / noaa.gov> wrote:
>>>>> i'm looking at libole2 as a portable method of reading
>> excel files.
>>>
>>> For a portable way to do this, you may want to take a look at:
>>>
>>> http://rubyspreadsheet.sourceforge.net/
>>>
>>> If you want to script for reading Excel files on Windows
>> then Win32ole
>>> (standard lib) is the way to go.
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>> -- shanko
>>
>> hey shanko-
>>
>> it seem that is only a writer - at least i can seem to see
>> any reader functionality... am i mistaken?
>
> You are not mistaken.  It is only for writing.

ok.  seems wrapping catdoc and xls2csv may be the best approach - this code
seem maintained and portable... perhaps i'll do that and put it up on the raa
unless anyone else pipes up with an xls reader ;-)

cheers.

-a
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